Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Whitney Houston Funeral

Dear Friends,

This post has been in the making for a while now: not because I wanted to talk about Whitney Houston or her problems, but simply because Rev. Marvin Winans eulogy touched my heart. I'm not suggesting you watch the whole thing, however his remarks begin at the 3 hour mark when he begins his sermon on Mark 6-8. His premise focusing on the priorities of Christians today. For example, he goes on saying that faith is actively expecting God to work in your life. But in order to do this, Matthew also says that you must seek first his kingdom AND his righteousness then everything else will be given to you according to God's perfect will. One final note that I just realized watching it back.. He said something like this: "you can never put God first and then he would forget you in the end. He will never forget you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's day is for everyone!

Dear Readers,

Okay, so I know I'm one day late in writing this Valentine's Day post. But then again it's never too late to celebrate the message of love with all the special people in our lives. I've been thinking about this a lot lately; just because of the holiday itself-but because it's around this time I realize most of my friends are scattered around the globe.

Though it's been a difficult journey, my friends (both old and new) have always had my back. As I've said many times before, they have played instrumental roles in making me the person I am today. They're both supportive and accepting while spurring me on to grow in ways I never imagined; much in the same way as Paul mentored Timothy in the Bible.

Ironically, you'd think it had been an other way around- considering Paul's current situation (sitting in a jail cell, awaiting his final days). But instead he spent days writing a final letter to encourage him. He recalled seeing the same faith in Timothy as he had seen in generations before him (Timothy 's mother Eunice and grandmother Lois). Because of this, there is no doubt for Paul that it will be passed on. He does issue a warning, however, underlining the importance of keeping the passion going for the Ministry.

2 Timothy 6-8 says, "For this reasonI remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God."

Where am I going with all of this? Not only do we need relationships for fun and recreation, but we also need down to encourage our personal growth. So next time you wonder why God has placed someone in your life, he might just be challenging you...

PS. I love all my friends.. you know who you are!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Starfield - Remain ( with lyrics )

Okay Folks~
So I realize I haven't written much on here lately. Despite having my own apartment and being blessed, I feel a bit overwhelmed by everything. I know Jesus is still around, but the little things seem to chip away at me-stealing my joy-about the whole situation. Our church has been playing this song a lot lately; it says a lot about God guarding our hearts always.. I'm trying to hold on to that promise!
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